2020-21 Board of Directors
Farrell has served as Research Fellow of the NATO Sub-Committee on Oceanography at the Laboratoire Nationale d’Hydraulique, in Paris, France, and was Research Scientist at the Canada Centre for Inland Waters in Burlington, Ontario. He was a board member of the Burlington Art Centre, the Bay Area Restoration Council and has been active with many citizen environmental projects. He has also served as a director of the Memorial Society (Mary Winspear Community Centre), a member of the North Saanich Parks Commission and is a founding member and director of Friends of the Shoal Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary.
Ian is a retired Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Education, at the University of Victoria. He currently serves as Chair of the BC Ferry Advisory Committee, President of Friends of Dominion Brook Park and Assistant Treasurer of Central Saanich Seniors’ Centre, and is a director of the Saanich Inlet Protection Society. He previously served as Councillor on the Central Saanich Council, President of the Sidney Community Band and President of Residents and Ratepayers Society of Central Saanich.
Denis is the coordinator of the ?ENNES (Hagan/Graham Creek) Watershed Group, one of the founding organizations of the Peninsula Streams Society and sits on the Executive Committee. He is a member of the Board of the Saanich Inlet Protection Society and has been coordinator of their Shorekeeping Program for 20 years.
Michael Derry, Vice-Chair
Born and raised in Victoria, Michael comes from a long line of sea captains. After 10 years managing construction projects throughout BC, he returned to commercial fishing in 1978. Michael captained the deep sea sablefish vessel Ocean Pearl starting in 1995, fishing the north Pacific for the next 20 years. His vessel was often used for sablefish tagging and stock assessment surveys in conjunction with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Michael has consulted on fisheries with Australian fishing companies in the Indian Ocean, and with Russian fishing companies in South Korea. He later served as fleet manager for Finest at Sea until retiring in 2016.
Craig Elder, Treasurer
Craig grew up in Alberta and moved to Victoria in 1992. As a professional accountant he worked at BC Ferries in finance and strategic planning, and at Islands Trust as Treasurer and Director of Administration. He is an active volunteer, removing invasive plants at Gorge Park and Swan Creek Park in Saanich, and at the BC Provincial Cowichan River Park. He also sits on the board of Friends of Swan Creek Watershed and participates in stream restoration. His hobbies are guitar and Tai Chi Chuan.
Since Jocelyn’s 1961 Montreal high school yearbook published her short essay describing a day at the beach, she has remained confident that nature would always be an important part of her life. Jocelyn’s profession was in social work and family courts, including divorce mediation, teaching at UVic, and finally 10 years as Managing Director of BC’s Family Maintenance Enforcement Program. Since retiring and moving to Sidney in 2009, Jocelyn has volunteered and worked part-time for the Green Party, and occasionally volunteering with Peninsula Streams. She is founding president of the Sidney Community Association Society, which encourages residents to participate in municipal affairs, and sits on the steering committee of Roberts Bay Residents, a group interested in learning about the bay and protecting it.
Mary Haig-Brown, Past Chair
Mary has been a Saanich resident for 48 years, a small business owner and a teacher, among other things. Together with her husband, Bernie Bowker, she has raised four children and has eight grandchildren. She has volunteered continuously for over 60 years for organizations such as Parent Participation Pre-Schools, Girl Guides, Esquimalt Neighbourhood House, Prospect Lake Community Association, Peninsula Streams Society and Friends of Tod Creek Watershed. Mary holds a B.A. (English and Zoology), a Diploma In Special Education, and an M.A. (Curriculum Studies).
A founding Director of Friends of Bowker Creek Society (2018), Gerald leads the streamkeepers group, Bowker Creek Salmon Recovery. He has volunteered since 2009 with Bowker Creek Initiative (CRD). Gerald worked (1967-85) as a technician with DFO and with consultants.
Newton graduated from Nottingham University and worked in the steel and pulp and paper industries before becoming a consulting engineer in Vancouver. This was followed by a career in high-tech marketing. He has served on the boards of the Kiwanis Club, several volunteer organizations, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and numerous Electrical Advisory Committees. He has travelled the world, sometimes leading groups of up to 50 people, other times volunteering in Central America, and continues to be active in the community on Vancouver Island. Newton is a past Chair of the organization.
Richard Ketchen, Chair
Richard is a graduate of BCIT (Business Administration) and a retired Chartered Professional Accountant. He brings extensive financial, management and communications expertise to the board. An avid cyclist and life-long angler, Richard has a longstanding interest in habitat conservation and restoration. He is a past director of the West Vancouver Streamkeeper Society, Victoria Festival of Authors Society and International Association of Business Communicators of BC.
Kitty recently retired from the Capital Regional District, where she coordinated community stewardship initiatives on the Gorge Waterway, Esquimalt Lagoon and Bowker Creek. Prior to that she was a kelp farmer, marine biologist and educator in Bamfield, and a naturalist on sailboats doing multi-day trips along the BC and southeast Alaska coasts. Her other passions include native plants, ecological restoration, gardening and helping restore a classic 31-foot sailboat.
Bill Thomas, Secretary
Bill’s background is as a Behaviour Sciences Research Technician. He served as Major with the Governor General’s Horse Guards (RCAC), retiring in 1992. He later worked as Senior Research Associate for Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and as Executive Committee and Vice Chair of St John Ambulance Toronto Branch. He is a member of the Westcoast Fly fishing Association, Gorge Waterway Initiative, Vice President of the British Columbia Wildlife Federation Region One (Vancouver Island), and a Director of the Goldstream Volunteer Salmonid Enhancement Association.
John holds a Diploma in Business Administration (Marketing Management) from St. Lawrence College. He enjoyed a successful career in the building supplies industry, holding senior management positions with Beaver Lumber Co Ltd. and West Fraser Building Supplies Ltd. John later owned and operated several building supplies, trucking and sawmill businesses in British Columbia, as well as land development companies. He is a past Director of the Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF), past Chair of the PSF Annual Gala Dinner & Auction Fundraiser, and a former director of the Union Club of BC.
Grant MacPherson grew up in Brentwood Bay, BC, at the height of the fishing industry in the 1960s. He pursued an occupation in emergency medicine and worked as a paramedic (EMT) in BC. He moved to Ontario and obtained a degree from Fanshaw College as an Emergency Medical Care Assistant (EMCA) and Physicians Assistant, continuing to work in medicine for 13 years in both provinces. After leaving emergency medicine, pursued his passion for salmon enhancement and conservation, and more formally achieved a Degree in Aquaculture and Resources Engineering. He is President of the Sidney Anglers Association and is working as an environmental technician and educator in the Greater Victoria area.
With a background spanning three decades among commercial fisheries, Shawn, has devoted 25 years to improving resource sustainability through effective fisheries monitoring and management. Since helping to develop British Columbia’s world-class groundfish fisheries monitoring program, Shawn has worked closely with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the International Pacific Halibut Commission, the Environmental Defense Fund, and a varied portfolio of commercial fisheries, regulators, and NGOs to develop and support sustainable seafood initiatives around the world.
Garth van der Kamp
Garth resides on the Saanich Peninsula and is learning about the groundwater dynamics and the hydrology of BC coastal streams. He has carried out research and applied studies in hydrology since 1968, working for Environment Canada in the prairies from 1990 to 2016. At present he is a research associate with the Global Institute for Water Security of the University of Saskatchewan and continues to provide reviews, respond to queries and give presentations.